07 April 2008

The Birds (with an apology to Alfred Hitchcock)

The birds are back. One of the side effects of being an brave ocean going sailor on another person's boat is that your own boat gets neglected. And the squatters move in. I have birds again.



This has happened before. And I won, albeit with a LOT of guilt as to how I won. But I'm not at that point yet, the nest was obviously still being built. So I dispatched of it, took some bungees and tightened down my sailcover to an uncomfortable level and crossed my fingers.

I have to think about how far I am willing to go in this battle. My boat isn't being useful. I rarely get to sail her. Why shouldn't some birds enjoy Lady Bug? If I can figure out a way they can nest in the sail cover without hurting my sail, what's the danger?

13 comments:

tillerman said...

And I had done an hellish thing,
And it would work 'em woe :
For all averred, I had killed the bird
That made the breeze to blow.
Ah wretch ! said they, the bird to slay,
That made the breeze to blow !

EVK4 said...

It's like Tillerman has been infused with a combination of the spirits of Shakespeare and Gilbert & Sullivan!

EVK4 said...

and it's a finch not an albatross.

Christy ~ Central Air said...

Why not allow them to enjoy Lady Bug, you ask?

Two words: bird poop

gilbert o'sullivan said...

I always thought Coleridge wrote The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

The Wedding-Guest said...

Finch or albatross? What's the difference? Same curse applies thou grey-beard loon.

berkeley_community_garden said...

Guano? Excellent! Please send it to over here.

EVK4 said...

I'm trying to take into account all of the prose in other blog posts. something about a sieve and leaky boats the other day and now this?

ashley_alexander_dupre said...

Who are you calling pros?

EVK4 said...

this has quickly spun out of control, I don't have time to google all of these literary folks to try to sound intelligent. I was posting about birds for gosh sake!

tillerman said...

Tillerman's Triviality Theorem strikes again.

Zen said...

yup...I feel ya dude

Carol Anne said...

Actually, the problem we have in New Mexico is that if a boat doesn't get enough exercise, what moves into the mainsail is bats.